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Rynn_Berry: History of the rawfood movement in California

Published August 10, 2010

Talk by Rynn Berry for the Oakland Raw food meetup. Given on July 9, 2010 in Oakland California.

Rynn Berry will be speaking to our Meetup! Rynn is the co-author Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets which has just been published. He wrote it with registered dietician Vesanto Melina RD and registered dietician Brenda Davis, RD. His contribution to the book was a concise history of the rawfood movement in America from the early 19th century to the present. It is the first narrative history of the rawfood movement in the US. He’s prepared to talk about how the California leaders of the rawfood movement shaped it: Arnold Ehret (author of The Mucusless Diet Healing System); Vera Richter (founder of the first raw food restaurant in the US and author of the first raw food un-cookbook); Norman Walker (inventor of the Norwalk Juicer); Paul and Patricia Bragg (inventors of Braggs Liquid Aminos); "Gypsy Boots" (founder of the Hollywood Health Hut); George and Doris Fathman (authors of Live Foods, the first vegan gourmet uncookbook); David Wolfe (author of Nature's First Law, etc.); and David Klein (publisher of Vibrance Magazine).
But he can also speak on other topics as well as put on a play which some of us could take part in. I’ve posted these additional topics in a poll so please vote in the poll. Vote soon because there are so many topics that in order to get a majority I am going to limit the selection to the ones voted on so far in a couple of weeks. He will also have copies of Becoming Raw and others of his books to sell.

More about Rynn Berry:

* Forthicoming, in December, 2010, the Pythagorean Publishing Company will be publishing Rynn’s seventh book—Raw America, a book-length history of rawfoodism in the Americas.
* Rynn is a popular radio guest who appears frequently on talk shows from coast to coast. He has appeared on The Larry King Show (radio), The Howard Stern Show, The Brian Lehrer Show. He has appeared multiple times on Vegan World Radio, Go Vegan Texas, Go Vegan with Bob Linden, Walden’s Pond, Wake Up America, to list but a few
* Rynn Berry is the historical advisor to the NAVS (North American Vegetarian Society).. He has been a featured speaker at five international vegan/vegetarian world congresses, ( San Diego, Johnstown, Canada, Scotland, and Germany),and is an annual speaker at Vegetarian Summerfest.
* Rynn is the author of six major books on vegetarianism: The New Vegetarians, Famous Vegetarians, Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions, Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover, Becoming Raw (with Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina),and The Vegan Guide to New York City. The last book, which Rynn puts out annually, is the first and only exclusively vegetarian guidebook on the planet His books have been translated into Nepalese, German, Italian, Taiwanese, Chinese, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, inter alios.

* Rynn is also the author of 6 vegan-animal-rights-themed plays –Tea with the Tolstoys, Pythagoras and Theano, The Mona Lisa’s Smile, The Smiling Savior, and The Buddha’s Last Supper--that have been performed all over the US and will soon be published in book form.
* On November 15th, 2007, Rynn was invited to give four lectures at the first ethical vegetarian/animal rights conference at the University of Memphis. On May 1st-5th, 2008, he was invited to give two lectures—The History of Veganism and The Evolution of the Animal Rights movement at the Encontro Nacional de Direitos Animais in Porangaba, SP, Brazil
* In May, 2008, Rynn was commissioned to contribute an essay “The Roots of American Vegetarianism” to the program for The first Veggie Pride Parade in America, which took place on May 18th, 2008.
On May 25th, Rynn introduced and directed six vegan-themed plays at the American Vegan Society’s Garden Party. In June (1th-22nd), Rynn was a featured speaker at Vegetarian Summerfest where he gave lectures on the Influence of Animal Rights on the American diet; The History of the American Athlete from Antiquity to the Present; the History of Veganism in the US; plus Rynn directed and introduced six vegan-themed plays. On July 27th-August 3rd, 2008, Rynn lectu;red at the centennial meeting of the IVU in Dresden, Germany. His lecture debunking the myth of Hitler’s vegetarianism was featured on the front page of the local newspaper, the only conference lecture to receive this treatment. In August, 2008, Rynn was the guest expert on veganism for the New York Times City Room Blog.
* His many articles, as well as reviews of his books have appeared in Ahimsa, The American Vegan, Vegetarian Voice, Vegetaian Journal, Satya, Yoga Journal, and in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Toronto Star, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, The London Sunday Telegraph, and the Washington Post. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of the Culinary Historians of New York.
* In April, 2009, Rynn was commissioned to write part two of his essay on the history of vegetarianism in the US for the program for The Veggie Pride Parade-2. On May 27th, 2009, Rynn was interviewed for a full hour on the radio program “It’s All About Food.” On June 20th, 2009, Rynn gave a lecture on “the history of the vegan athlete from antiquity to the present”at the Vegethus Restaurant chain. In January, 2010, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a curtain raiser, he and Chris Abreu-Suzuki, a math professor at USP, performed Rynn’s one-act vegan-themed play “The Mona Lisa’s Smile.” After the play, Rynn gave lecture on the ethical vegan rawfoodism of Leonardo da Vinci to a packed house.

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